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Quietly, Dial Big Part Of Offense

When Alabama fans think about the players from the 2010 team who won't be back for 2011, the focus is on a handful of seniors and three or four possible junior defections; not so much on a guy who has been a two-year starter and a versatile player on offense and special teams.

For some reason, it doesn't seem as though Preston Dial should be a senior. That could be because he has had something of a quiet career, playing in a role where he was doing heavy lifting and not getting much limelight. Dial is Alabama's H-back and tight end, and he's primarily a blocker, although in his 2010 senior season he has 21 pass receptions for 209 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-...